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Multimillion-dollar fraud should not damage legacy, says outgoing JTA president
2013-08-16 10:09:11 | (0 Comments)
Head of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Clayton Hall says he does not expect the multimillion-dollar fraud gripping the organisation to damage the legacy of his presidency, as his term comes to an end in a few days.
However, he admits it is not how he would have liked to end his reign as president.
Three weeks ago, auditors discovered that almost $100 million had been stolen from the teachers' union resulting in the entire staff of the accounts department being sent on paid leave to facilitate a probe by auditors and the police fraud squad.
Hall told The Gleaner/Power 106 that the president of the JTA has no executive power and therefore no authority over the spending and operational aspects of the union.
He says this power resides in the office of the secretary general.
Hall says the leadership of the union is gathering as much information to answer expected questions when delegates gather for their annual conference next week.
The fraud has reportedly extended beyond the 2012-2013 financial year which ended in March.
Yesterday, detectives informed that they have widened their investigation and are now seeking to interview 23 persons.
Marlon Francis, a member of JTA’s accounting department who has been named as a person of interest in the case, has still not turned himself over to investigators.
Dr Mark Nicely will officially take over from Hall as JTA president next Monday.
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